Nothing all that surprising happened at the box office over the weekend. In fact, the top remained exactly the same as last week, albeit with higher totals. But, it was a pretty quiet movie weekend in terms of releases. Holding strong in the top spot, where it’s been since its debut, is Disney’s latest animation sensation, Frozen II. The long-awaited sequel lived up to the hype for many fans and delivered the massive payday Disney was hoping for. The film added another $35 million to its domestic total over the weekend, which is now over $335 million. Outside the States’ the film’s nearly doubled that total and currently sits at $922 million worldwide, already under $80 million left until it grosses another billion for Disney.
In second this week, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is performing surprisingly well for a non-sequel, non-franchise release. The star-studded whodunnit hit its mark in its first weekend, making just over its $40 million budget back over the Thanksgiving holiday. Since then it’s only added to that success as it added another $14.2 million to its domestic total in its second week. That’s enough to push the film’s Stateside haul over $60 million. With the international markets, the film’s made over $120 million in just two weeks so, I’d say that Daniel-Craig-centric sequel Johnson teased a few months back doesn’t seem as far-fetched now.
Sitting in third this week is Ford v Ferrari, one of the year’s best Oscar contenders so far. It managed a respectable $6 million in its third week of release, good enough to push the film’s domestic total over $90 million. Incredibly, the film’s performed almost as well overseas with another $77 million made in international markets. Though it had a hefty price tag of nearly $100 million for a film that doesn’t have the same upside as the major Marvel and Disney releases, it’s already made up that budget and then some with a total worldwide haul of nearly $170 million.
Rounding out the top five this week are Queen & Slim and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. In fourth, Queen & Slim continued an impressive box office showing with $6.6 million, just $10k short of coming in third. The film’s budget falls somewhere between $17-20 million and it’s already made that back in the US alone with a $27 million total. It has yet to open overseas but has a planned UK release for January 31st, 2020. And finally, in fifth, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood picked up another $5.2 million domestically. It too has yet to release internationally but, like Queen & Slim, its $43 million in the States is more than enough to cover its reported budget of $25 million.
Here’s a full look at the top ten movies at the box office from this weekend:
1. Frozen II – $35.1 million, $338 million
2. Knives Out – $14.2 million, $63.5 million
3. Ford v Ferrari – $6.6 million, $91.2 million
4. Queen & Slim – $6.6 million, $27 million
5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – $5.2 million, $43.1 million
6. Dark Waters – $3.9 million, $5.1 million
7. 21 Bridges – $2.8 million, $23.9 million
8. Playing With Fire – $2 million, $42 million
9. Midway – $1.9 million, $53.3 million
10. Last Christmas – $1 million, $33.4 million
Domestic totals in bold.
Box office numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo.